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Feb 4, 2011 3:00pm EST
him to do to helm the flight. just moments, we are hearing from president obama live. he's expected to take questions on egypt for the first time in a joint news conference that's going to take place with the canadian prime minister, steven harper. nbc's chuck todd in the old executive office building. chuck joins us now to talk about this. we understand, though, is this something that the white house is going to talk about right away, the fact that egyptian officials and exit strategies they want for mubarak? what is the most feasible possibility? >> reporter: well, we do expect to hear something from the president on egypt, even potentially prepared remarks, robert gibbs at the press briefing, seemed to hint at that. but, yes, that's going to be among the obvious questions, which is what is the most recent thing that the american government has asked of mubarak. there was a cryptic news report out of egypt that the vice president, suleiman, said there would not be transfers of powers, implying that somebody asked that there be some transfer of power from mubarak to suleiman or per
MSNBC
Feb 12, 2011 11:00am EST
. >> thanks. >> president obama is also weighing in on the revolution. he reflected on the words of one protester who described the country's massive shift. >> most people have discovered in the last few days that they are worth something. >> good saturday morning to you. >> good morning. >> i understand that the u.s. is working to reassure the allies in the region. what do we know about that. >> we learned overnight that the united states has sent the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. that is admiral mike mullen to jordan and israel. who key u.s. allies in the region. israel somewhat jittery. it has been reported time and time again. after all, a 30 year peace agreement with egypt could be in jeopardy. no one is saying that is going to happen for sure. on the other hand, no one is really certain how the process towards democracy, the free and fair elections that president obama called for in his appearance yesterday, how that is all going to play out. and mullen is there in a sense to reassure israel as he is with jordan. jordan had their share of unrest although very minor in com
MSNBC
Feb 3, 2011 3:00pm EST
saw on the streets over the last several days, the violence that president obama, as recently as tuesday night, was laudsing t military because they prevents it and calling for further acts of nonviolence, that has deteriorated quickly. the secretary of defense, other top white house officials, in frequent contact with counterparts in egypt but serving to illustrate the fact the white house has a limits amount of influence over the situation right now. >> so the facts are, from january 25th, when demonstrators started to gather and put on the pressure to get mubarak's attention, they've now gotten mubarak's attention. he's making this announcement that he's not going to run for re-election. however, since that announcement, we've seen nothing but the chaos continue to grow. and tomorrow is the day of departure that these organizers have called upon mubarak to leave and things are going to change. when the president and the administration are hearing that what are their fears for what's going to happen tomorrow when mubarak does not step down and vacate? >> reporter: i think th
MSNBC
Feb 12, 2011 8:00am EST
without permission. meanwhile, president obama is deploying his senior political advisers to meet with key allies. the jubilant celebrations erupt in egypt and around the world after the 18-daypro tests finally toppled hosni mubarak. can i er, the question would be do we know where mubarak is now and do we know anything about his plans? >> well, good morning, alex. what we're told by local officials is that hosni mubarak is in the red sea resort of sham el sheikh. now, whether he stays there or moves again is one question. before he steps down as president yesterday, you will remember he had explicitly vowed to stay in egypt. the military are in charge, at least for now, and today the scream council of the armed forces banned current and ex government officials from traveling without permission. so that suggests that mubarak's movements may not be entirely his own will. indeed, there are some reports that his assets have been frozen because he and his family are report to be worth some $40 billion. so, you know, some confusion, but what we can say for sure from the pictures is that while m
MSNBC
Feb 11, 2011 3:00pm EST
things. >> mike viqueira, at the white house. we are awaiting for president obama to speak to us. mike, stand by. want to go to chapman bell on the ground for us in cairo. it's after 10:00 at night there. the streets there, in tahrir square, are completely jam packed with people there. celebrating this news. when you have the chance to talk to them what do they talk about as the hope, the future, that they now have for themselves and their families? >> well, thomas, first and foremost, they are so elated tonight. they're so happy that they talk about freedom. they talk about democracy. they talk about the unity that they created here in egypt to accomplish their goal of ousting president hosni mubarak. they claim that the people were able to do this. however, there have been a few people, a gentleman i spoke to earlier who i had spoken to last night as well, told me he was happy but another par of him full of fear. the other half, because they don't know what's next. there's a lot to come. but i think at the moment they are focusing on the now. they have accomplished one other individu
MSNBC
Feb 15, 2011 12:00pm EST
you, everybody. >> well, that was, of course, president obama giving a press conference on the budget with some of the conversation about what's happening in the middle east. i'm joined right now by savannah guthrie, nbc news white house correspondent. also, david corn of david jones, and of course, andrea mitchell of the "andrea mitchell reports" which is coming up at 1:00. she's, of course, nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent. let's all go, first of all, savannah, if this were high school or even middle school, i think the president was saying, darers go first. you want entitlements, either i cut them or you cut them. >> he's saying, meet me at the table. i think when you the take a step back and look at what they were trying to accomplish here, the message seemed to be, patience, everybody. this is a two-step process. this budget gets the current spending under control. we'll attack the larger issues, the elephant in the room, as we talked about, the entitlements at some later time. but everything he did seemed to be geared toward this audience of independence, harkening back
MSNBC
Feb 5, 2011 10:00am EST
in the air. >> okay. richard, many thanks as always. >>> the obama administration may be shifting tactics. speaking from the white house yesterday, president obama suggested that mubarak should consider how history will remember him. >> the key question he should be asking himself is how do i leave a legacy behind where egypti is able to get through this period. my hope is he will end up making the right decision. >> good morning to you, mike. >> good morning. >> president obama described egypt's president as proud, referred to him as a pariot. >> the administration from the president on down has been eager to knock down the perception that they are calling the shots in egypt. it's obviously true the united states is not driving this train. they are sitting and watching events unfold like we all are. this is being driven by the protesters in the central square in cairo. she talks about focusing on the vice president. the newly installed vice president of egypt, and his name is omar suleiman. president mubarak has already said he will not stand for election. he will not put himself forward
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2011 12:00pm EST
judicial activism. but the judge used obama's own words from his 2008 campaign when he supported health care reform without an individual mandate. here's the concern, he says. if you haven't made it affordable, how are you going to enforce a mandate? i mean, if a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness, by mandating everybody to buy a house. mitt romney knows that conundrum, being for something and against it. he's knocking the president's health care reform but defending his own in massachusetts which included an individual mandate. >> the states have rights that the federal gust doesn't have. under the tenth amendment of the constitution, the powers of the federal government are specifically limited. the states have the rights to, for instance, mandate kids going to school, mandate auto insurance. states have certain rights they can exercise and the right thing for the president to do now with these decisions saying his bill is unconstitutional, with the house taking action to repeal it, with the senate considering doing so, he should press the pause button and
MSNBC
Feb 12, 2011 7:00am EST
? >>> big news on the housing fro front. will a new plan by the obama administration make it tougher to buy a house? is it better to rent? >> stand up. stand up. stand up. >>> a rallying cry, some possible gop presidential hopefuls sharpen their messages at a meeting of conservatives. who might come out on top there. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt and welcome to msnbc saturday. well, for the first time in three decades, egyptians woke up today without hosni mubarak as their leader. now, 2:00 p.m. in cairo, thousands of people are still in tahrir square hailing what is promised to be the dawn of democracy there. with egypt's future leadership uncertain, president obama is employing his senior military adviser to meet with key middle east allies, admirable mike mullen will travel to jordan and also to israel which is concerned about its 30-year peace treaty with egypt. meanwhile, ripples of the revolution are being felt across the arab world. in algeria a pro-democracy march is defying an official ban on protests. >>> in the words of president obama, egypt will never be the same. a
MSNBC
Feb 5, 2011 7:00am EST
but not strip him of his presidency right away. the obama administration is working several diplomatic channels. secretary of state hillary clinton has spoken with her counterpart in egypt. the state department is not providing any details of that discussion. officials are also saying talks are under way to prepare for a transition of power. so let's go live to our london bureau. with a good saturday morning to y you, first up, let's hear about the explosion with the gas pipeline. what do you know about that? >>> good morning, alex. that blast set off a massive fire that could be seen for dozens of miles according to witnesses. no one appears to be injured in the blaze and it was quickly brought under control. this has been a volatile area of egypt even before the protests and the pipeline involved crucially supplies gas to both israel and jordan. now the governor of the region says he suspects sabotage and there are unconfirmed reports about about the cause of the blast. israel radio is quoting officials at the terminal saying the small explosive device was planted and then detonated. there ar
MSNBC
Feb 16, 2011 12:00pm EST
>>> good day. i'm contessa brewer. the big story we're watching now, president obama grabbing the reins in the budget battle and driving republicans in a corner they may not like being in. >> it's a budget presents a detailed, multiyear, comprehensive plan to cut spending and reduce deficits. >> in the senate this morning, treasury secretary tim geithner lays out the president's 2012 budget for the finance committee. >> we have protected programs that support military people, readiness, and modernization. >> in the house today, the defense secretary at the armed services committee weighs in on what will be a tug-of-war over how much money the pentagon gets. >>> all over capitol hill -- general anxiety about spending cuts and the political consequences. the president called republicans' budget bluff with his big proposal to slash spending. >> it will mean freezing salaries of hard-working federal employees for the next two years. >> that preemptive move forces republicans to take an even stricter stand if they want to appear to be spending hawks. >> the federal government has a
MSNBC
Feb 7, 2011 12:00pm EST
, god bless you and may god bless the united states of america. >> president obama giving a significant speech to the u.s. chamber of commerce, the president reaching out to one haof his harshest critics. some 14% of persons now compare and contrast that with wall street, amazing bonuses, $135 billion in bonuses for 2010. the message from the president there to the chamber of commerce is that there has to be work together and this olive branch was really about jump-starting jobs. >> two years, big business and obama were at odds, the boiling point when obama accused the conservative chamber of commerce of refusing to disclose the millions it spent on campaign ads to defeat democrats. >> they've got names like americans for prosperity, or the committee for truth in politics or moms for motherhood. actually that last one i made up. >> the chamber pushed back on health care reform, corporate taxes and government regulation. now the two sides appear to be ready for a truce. a few weeks ago, chamber president tom donahue, downplayed the tension. >> we're going to support on the export contro
MSNBC
Feb 7, 2011 3:00pm EST
, president obama facing his toughest critics when he addressed the chamber of commerce. criticizes for being anti-business, this morning the president defended his record and urges corporate leaders to help fix the economy. take a listen. >> as we work with you to make america a better place to do business, i'm hoping that all of you are thinking what you can do for america. ask yourself what you can do to hire more american workers, what you can do to support the american economy and invest in this nation. >> nbc news chief white house correspondent chuck todd joins us now. the headline has been reading he's walking into the lion's den, you know, certainly not friendly between obama and the u.s. chamber of commerce. what did he have to gain by doing this today? >> this is almost more of the end of what has been about a three-month campaign to reach out to the business community a little bit more and when you look at the various staff changes he's made, bill daley, a former executive with a wire also company and the financial sector, gene sperling, a familiar face in the business community a
MSNBC
Feb 12, 2011 9:00am EST
officials to continue working in their current position. president obama is deploying his military senior adviser to meet with middle east key allies. meanwhile, ripples across the revolution are being felt across the world. in algeria, officials arrested protesters. >>> cairo's tahrir square is being flooded with protesters today. ron allen is live for us in cairo. ron, it has to be noted here, you know, mega kudos to you and the way you've covered this and been out in the square and -- no, honestly, our nbc news team has been phenomenal. you've been a cornerstone of that. i know an embarrassing congratulations, but we really appreciate it. on the heels of that, give me this story in egypt today. >> thanks for that, alex. i'm just the face of a great team of people here who have been in the trenches for a long time, particularly the folks here who live and work in this part of the world and do this day in and day out when it's not a media event. as one person put it, the protesters are now ordinary people armed with brooms who are cleaning up the square. symbolically and practically. pra
MSNBC
Feb 17, 2011 3:00pm EST
a warning signal to president obama and democratic leaders that he won't support a short-term spending bill that would keep the government in business past march 4th. take a listen to the speaker this morning at the press briefing. >> come on, we're broke. we've got to make tough decisions. when we say we're going to cut spending, read my lips, we're going to cut spending. >> there we go, if you can read lips. mike viqueira at the white house. what's next? this is looking like it's coming to the point where it's a showdown. >> reporter: thomas, i think before today, when people were waving that bloody shirt about the possibility of a government shut down, people said, that's just politics, they're using our democrats to rile up their base. after listening to john boehner, i for one, and several people in town, said, wait a minute, this could happen. cast your mind back to 1995, thomas. you and i were doing the macarena, and the government was being shut down when republicans come into power during the clinton administration. a similar situation in terms of the timing. there was the -- there
MSNBC
Feb 23, 2011 3:00pm EST
is this going to play back in washington entirely for president obama? >> number one, it shouldn't take anybody by surprise that, oh, gee, these are republican governors inventing crises so that they can go after labor unions. i mean, this has been kind of a grudge match between republicans for a long time. i think part of the way it plays back here though, there's a larger issue in terms of the abuse of power. you've got these governors basically saying, gee, in order to balance our budget, we have to take away your rights. and on some fundamental level, that just -- people don't like that. "usa today" had a great poll out today. i think ultimately, back here, we stand with labor. but also stand with working people. >> robert, i want to talk to you how much of this mess is created in part by the unions that are bargaining for the pensions and other benefits with states that simply cannot afford and wouldn't really they be put in this situation if the unions were then defeated. so explain to us how the states are coming back. karen is saying this is an old stalemate, so to speak. >> not only is
MSNBC
Feb 9, 2011 12:00pm EST
doing lunch. at the white house the ultimate power lunch. in half an hour president obama hosts white house republicans. >> republicans are continuing to be focused -- >> house speaker john boehner, eric cantor and kevin mccarthy will sit down with the president today. vice president joe biden is also attending. on the menu -- >> heavy discussion on the economy and on spending. >> both sides say they are looking forward to a thoughtful discussion. white house spokesman robert gibbs says the president wants to talk over his state of the union proposals and foreign policy issues like the crisis in egypt. republicans want to talk about slashing spending and health care reform and while that conversation may get testy, it may lead to more productive government. here is mccarthy on "morning joe." >> i'm the one who believes this divided government creates a structure to get together. >> you can get something done. >> after two years of the two sides taking sides the president is pushing forward on his promise to reach out to conservatives. he visited his next door neighbors at the conserva
MSNBC
Feb 27, 2011 9:00am EST
, but will the dictator from the desert answer president obama's call to leave power? we'll bring you that next on "msnbc sunday." >>> also ahead, the power of the protests here in the states and why demonstrators in wisconsin are facing a deadline that's just hours away. >>> plus, charlie sheen's show and tell. now he wants to prove he's unleashed his radio rep jobs with a sound mind. >>> and it's a testament to winter weather. there's snow in san diego. can you believe that, san diego? hi, everybody, i'm thomas roberts in today for alex witt, and welcome to "msnbc sunday." i appreciate your time. 9:00 here in the east, 6:00 out west. >>> we get straight to what's happening right now. fast-moving developments in libya this morning. antigovernment protesters say they're taking steps to form an alternative government. a member of the city council of benghazi says the libyan cities currently under the control of rebels have selected an ex-justice minister to lead a provisional government. also this morning, rebels say they now have control of the city closest to the capital of tripoli. nbc's stephanie gosk
MSNBC
Feb 2, 2011 3:00pm EST
for orderly reform. meanwhile, president obama and his 2008 adversary senator mccain wrapped up a private meeting to talk about policy. savannah guthrie joins us to talk about this. a short time agoing in today's white house briefing, sect gibbs said that president obama has had a very frank and candid conversationing with president mubarak. does that mean that mubarak has been told he needs to step down, remove himself from office and get things into this orderly reform? >> that's the question, thomas, it was posed to robert gibbs in multiple ways, and it was not directly answered. so what we don't know is if the president said to mubarak, you have to leave office right now. all indications the white house and president stopped short of going that far. we know that frank wisner, the retired diplomat, went to cairo, met with mubarak and carried a message from obama saying don't run in september. that's exactly what mubarak announced last night. they are stepping up the rhetoric ever so slightly and saying there's an orderly transition that needs to be taking place. gibbs was clear today t
MSNBC
Feb 4, 2011 12:00pm EST
. i have seen the signs where people are demanding that president obama take a stand on mubarak leaving. do they want these global leaders to usher mubarak out? >> you know, the people have two different minds on this. some sort of see the international community and different leaders as being in a way irrelevant. they feel strongly about their demands and the fact that this is a popular movement that comes out of egypt for egyptians. in this regard, they view these statements as being irrelevant. but at the same time, they definitely feel frustrated by the fact that the united states has been deporting mubarak and supporting the regime. they did want the united states specifically to take a much m e momor more -- stance to side with the people. >> good luck, mona. dan murphy, my thanks to you as well. >>> my big question today, does the u.s. risk pushing mubarak into a corner by demanding immediate negotiations for a transition? we'll explore that this hour. i would love your thoughts on that. reach me on facebook, twitter and on e-mail. contessa@msnbc.com. we are getting news
MSNBC
Feb 19, 2011 7:00am EST
. president obama is promising a veto and we're going to get a live report from the white house in just a few minutes about the potential for that and what it would mean for you. >>> in wisconsin a dramatic day expected. tens of thousands will hit the state capitol as a battle between the governor and unions intensifies as lawmakers are threatening to stay in hiding for weeks in order to block a republican-led budget bill. 40,000 protested in and around the state capitol friday. meanwhile, 14 democratic state senators remained holed up preventing a vote on the measure for a second day. the bill would require state employees to pay half of their pension costs while they currently pay close to nothing and would double their health insurance contributions to 12%. but the most controversial change would be the elimination of many collective bargaining rights which has enraged the unions. >> bold political move but any time you challenge the status quo it's going to be bold but it is a very modest request of our government workers all across the state. >> there's proposals in there to basically st
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2011 12:00pm EST
-month government investigation into runaway toyotas being released in a few hours. the obama administration's review of the automaker could reveal whether or not faulty electronics played a he'll in the safety recalls. since 2009 toyota pulled 11 million vehicles off the market. the news comes amid records of a 39% dip in toyota's quarterly profits. >>> donald rumsfeld's new memoir is making waves, mostly because the former defense secretary is taking some bush administration's colleagues to the woodshed over the war in iraq. in his book, "known and unknown" rumsfeld paints a mostly flattering pictures of how he handled the war. but at the same time, throwing condoleezza rice and colin powell under the bus. he spoke about it with abc's diane sawyer. >> rumsfeld lays the blame on too many hands on the steering wheel. no coordinated plan. first, the president's right-hand adviser in the white house -- condoleezza rice -- >> she never served in a senior administration position. she had been an academic. and a lot of academics like to have meetings. every time a big issue got before the preside
MSNBC
Feb 14, 2011 3:00pm EST
's president obama's budget for next year. how's that going to affect your life? let's go to nbc news chief white house correspondent chuck todd. what will affect our lives at home? >> reporter: two things that maybe viewers are familiar with. one, assistance for low income americans for heating and cooling, some energy subsidies. big deal in the northeast in particular, especially with a hard-hit winter, but for very hot summers. that is being cut, it's being pulled back. it's not being gotten rid of completely but just cut back. the second is pell grants for college students who want to take summer course. no more of those. that's money that's getting moved. those aren't cuts, they're moving that money to concentrate it for pell grants for spring and fall semesters. part of that has to do with the fact the price of education has skyrocketed, gone average the average inflation rate and the pell grant system has take ain't beating. what they thought was a couple hundred million dollars of year to add summer school turned into multibillion proposition. >> big numbers. since you're talking ab
MSNBC
Feb 16, 2011 3:00pm EST
for that. >>> now right now, president obama is meeting with senate democratic leaders to strategize on his 2012 budget plan. earlier today, the newly meaned white house press secretary jay carney defended the president's budget at his first press briefing. take a listen. >> it is not an inconscious conventional deal to propose a budgeting that cuts as substantially as it does in targeted areas so that the federal government lives within its means in order to be able to continue to invest in the future. >>> mike viqueira is at the white house. mike, what's the democratic strategy right now? >> well, i mean, everybody's talking about cutting, richard, on both sides of the aisle. house republicans today are really moving to take a meat clear of to spending in this year whereas the president's plan has been compared to the use of a scalpel. you talk about the budget, a lot of numbers. after awhile they stop making sense. the national debt in this country is approaching $14.3 billion. the budget deficit for this year, $1.5 trillion. the president's proposal would cut free spending, $400 billion
MSNBC
Feb 20, 2011 9:00am EST
. >>> president obama is heading to ohio on tuesday, part of the major economic push that he calls winning the future. over the past two months, he's gone from upstate new york to michigan. he just wrapped up a two-state swing out west, and next month he's heading to florida. nbc news white house correspondent mike viqueira joins us live from the north lawn. good sunday morning to you, mike. >> reporter: good morning to you, alex. >> so, we have this event on tuesday, and i understand that the president's not going to be alone? what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: well, he'll be bringing a number of administration officials. you remember way back at the state of the union, i believe back on january 25th -- it seems a lifetime ago given the tumultuous events we've seen overseas and in wisconsin over the past couple weeks, but it was winning the future that the president put forward, his slogan, if you will, talking about innovation, talking about education. since then, he's traveled virtually every week around the country to talk about various proposals that he's putting forward --
MSNBC
Feb 23, 2011 12:00pm EST
federal taxes and so forth. now, the obama administration has been failed with a dilemma here about whether to defend that part of the law in two lawsuits in connecticut and new york and normally it's the job of the government, of the justice department to defend those laws. but just within the past few minutes, the attorney general eric holder has note fid congress that the justice department is not going to defend those laws anymore because it has concluded with the support of the president that the law is unconstitutional. that means that the government will not defend it. they will no longer defend that part of the law and they've told congress -- members of congress that passed the law if you want to defend it in court, that's up to you. you members of congress can go become a party in these lawsuits and defend it if you want but we're not going to defend it. now, as a legal matter, obviously, the defense of marriage act is still a law. it's still on the books. the justice department says the government will continue to observe it. it's not going to just suddenly stop observing
MSNBC
Feb 25, 2011 12:00pm EST
obama. there was a sign written in graffiti on the wall of the rebel headquarters and it said, mr. president obama, you must choose between libya or gadhafi. and they believe that the president is still sitting on the fence, that he is not calling gadhafi by name. they want him to be strongly condemned and that is what they want. the protesters at this point feel they are making progress. one protester rebel said they believe gadhafi will be toppled in three or four days, but to answer your question, yes, they would like more international support, particularly from the united states. >> now, al jazeera right now is showing video that they say is live from tripoli although i'm skeptical because it's dark, richard, behind your shot. so it would be nightfall there, right? it's not possible that we're seeing day time protests in tripoli? >> reporter: it wouldn't be a live picture no. it would be difficult to be broadcasting live out of tripoli right now. >> we're seeing al jazeera's feed coming in and again they have a live bug up at the top of the corner but again, it most likely is
MSNBC
Feb 27, 2011 8:00am EST
by their government or security forces. >> president obama is also ratcheting up the pressure on gadhafi for the first time. he's urging the libyan leader to leave power immediately. more from the white house in just a moment. also, a critical move by antigovernment protesters trying to establish an alternative government. a member of the city council in benghazi says the libyan cities under rebel control have now appointed the ex-justice minister to leave a provisional government. meanwhile, twoferies holding nearly 500 foreigners in libya are stuck in tripoli because of rough seas, this as uk and u.s. officials are evacuating citizens of libya by air. nbc's martin fletcher is live in malta. martin, explain, how many more americans are waiting to get out? >> reporter: not many, thomas. there's a petroleum charter plane that went in yesterday to tripoli to bring out evacuees from libya, and i'm told there's only one american on board. the number 90 has been used in the last couple days, 90 americans in libya who still want to go out. there are about 3,000 other libyan americans who have asked to be ev
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Feb 27, 2011 10:00am EST
the libyan people by their government or security forces. >> and president obama is ratcheting up the pressure on gadhafi. for the first time he's urging the libyan leader to leave power and do so immediately. nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engel is live in benghazi, libya, and richard, what's the latest from there? >> reporter: right now the opposition is trying to form this alternative government. we have also seen thousands of people going to the rebel headquarters in central benghazi and signing up to be volunteers. some people are donating money. they are donating their cars. they are donating weapons. and also donating themselves to join the fight for tripoli, the fight to topple gadhafi. gadhafi is presenting this now not as an internal struggle to topple his own regime and him personally but as an international conspiracy and says that libyans must unite to stop the rebels, who he says he maintains are drug addicts inspired by al qaeda, and the american influence. so he sees the world conspiring against him. >> richard, what's the sense there in terms of anti-gove
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Feb 28, 2011 11:00am EST
of tensions, they are growing as we have stated in libya and president obama has called for moammar gadhafi to step down. secretary of state hillary clinton is pressing for the further sanctions against gadha gadhafi's regime. we turn to our political panel to answer questions. i'm joined here in new york by democratic pollster and strategist bernard whitman. in washington, sherri jacovi, a columnist for "the hill" newspaper. good morning. >> good morning. >> thank you. >> what is at stake for the president in his handling of gadhafi and also the symbolism of where secretary clinton is today in geneva? >> i think the stakes are very high. the president has to be responsible for protecting thousands of americans that are trapped in libya right now which is why i think his initial criticism may be sound a little muted at the beginning of the week and i think he was working to make sure we have a plan to evacuate the americans. as that plan began to take shape you heard the president increase his rhetoric. clearly the time for gadhafi is now. it's come, it's gone. i think secretary of state cl
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Feb 1, 2011 3:00pm EST
government on behalf of the obama administration. retired diplomat and former ambassador to egypt, frank wisner, arrived in cairo monday. today, both opposition figure mohamed elbaradei and the muslim brotherhood say they will not negotiate with mubarak while he is still in power. nbc's savannah guthrie joins us live from the white house. what is the reaction now from the white house as we are learning that president mubarak is going to be speaking, and with that news that he he is not going to run for re-election. >> reporter: a fluid situation themselves. robert gibbs, the press secretary, was supposed to give a briefing as we speak. actually the fema administrator by his side to talk about the weather in this country but that's been delayed. a national security meeting convened from the white house a half hour from now. the key officials in the administration, like the secretary of state, will meet with the president. the big issue is, number one, when mubarak speaks and what he says, there are a lot of reports now that he intends to say he won't run in september but we'll have to wai
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Feb 6, 2011 9:00am EST
last week to carry a message from president obama, but it's his comments yesterday at a security summit that are raising big questions this morning. so, let's take a listen. >> the president must stay in office in order to steer those changes through. i, therefore, believe that president mubarak's continued leadership is critical, it's his opportunity to write his own legacy. he's given 60 years of his life to the service of his country. this is an ideal moment for him to show the way forward. >> let's bring in nbc news white house correspondent mike viqueira. good sunday morning to you, mike. >> reporter: good morning, alex. >> so, what's the administration saying about this? >> reporter: they're distancing themselves from frank wisner and his comments, stressing that he was not speaking in any official capacity. alex, of course, it was frank wisner who was tapped by president obama himself to be the president's personal emissary to hosni mubarak at the outset of this crisis, at the outset of the insurrection that we've seen in the streets over the past 13 days in egypt. he went to egy
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Feb 11, 2011 12:00pm EST
happened in the middle east for the people of egypt. president obama is president. he certainly was helpful in this process. i think it would be a little unseemly as i heard white house officials already trying to take credit for the chachg overnight. look, the white house is extremely tough balancing act between their united states strong relationship with egypt and the desire to not be behind the curve of history. i think if we're going to be honest here, i know we're on msnbc, but president bush talked about democracy in the middle east. president george w. bush. he talked about it in a different context, a context of war. and i think gave democracy in the middle east a bad name. but as a result, president obama down played democracy in the middle east when he came to office. he was embracing the mubarak regime as a result of that speech. so he's had a tough hole to dig himself out of, the administration. they've done their best. but it seems to me the real credit belonged to the hundreds of thousands of people on the streets who put their lives on the line and who really made the differ
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Feb 13, 2011 9:00am EST
. president obama's new budget plan. why might it hurt so bad? ♪ just gonna stand there and watch me burn, but that's all right because i like the way it hurts ♪ >> they're telling me i've got to read, but you know, we all have to listen to this. it is grammy time. we'll listen to the songs that may make history tonight. >>> and on target big time. a college quarterback delivers a hit viral video with pinpoint precision. that's great video. good morning, everyone, i'm alex witt, and welcome to "msnbc sunday." 9:00 on the east coast, 6:00 a.m. out west. let's get to what's happening right now. >>> the higher military council in egypt just announced it would suspend the constitution, dissolve parliament and form a committee to draw up a new constitution. meanwhile, egypt's prime minister addressed the nation for the first time since mubarak's resignation, saying the priority of the government is to restore security. now, for the first time in weeks, traffic returned to cairo's central square as people streamed into the square throughout the day, the military worked to keep them out of the
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Feb 21, 2011 12:00pm EST
to a jury. blagojevich is accused with trying to sell barack obama's vacant senate seat. >>> police in south africa are investigating the death of a newborn at oprah winfrey's johannesburg academy for girls. the 17-year-old mother gave birth at the school. the baby's body was found in a plastic bag. it is not clear if the baby was born dead. we are awaiting the outcome of the police investigation. while at the same time respecting and protecting the lerner's privacy. the academy strives to ensure the health and well being of all of our learners and we are providing counseling services accordingly. >>> the royal wedding invites are in the mail. we'll tell you which big names get one and the big names who don't. >>> the tablet wars. apple has the ipad, microsoft has the xoom. which one gives you the most bang for the buck. here is presidential trivia for you. who was the tallest u.s. president and who was the shortest? we'll give you the answers in three minutes. when your eyes are smiling... you're smiling. and when they're laughing... you're laughing. be kind to your eyes... with transitions
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Feb 2, 2011 12:00pm EST
there. no sign he is willing to do that. clearly, president obama in his statement last night was trying to suggest that president mubarak's speech yesterday was not sufficient. in fact, the transition for a new leadership has to begin now is what president obama said. president mubarak had some ominous undertones in his speech there saying basically the protesters were controlled he thought by an unruly minority and threatening egypt's security and may be a precursor what you see today you have these shock troops in the central square trying to break up the protest with the military standing by. the question now is how will the u.s. and international community respond? i think that this will be a test for u.s. policy in the region. whether we can use whatever influence and leverage we have to convince the president of egypt to not take this approach, to not try to use a heavy ha hand -- >> he's there in egypt covering some of the latest developments. lester, bring me up-to-date on what you've seen today. >> i can first tell you we have got some of our arabic speaking staff here watching
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Feb 5, 2011 9:00am EST
. and the obama administration is working several diplomatic channels right now. secretary hillary clinton has spoen spoken with her counterpart in egypt. let's go live now to cairo. with another good morning to you, let's get an update on the situation of this 12th day of protests. >> well, alex, as you were just saying, there is a lot of political activity going on behind the scenes. a lot of meetings with the government and the opposition. the government and a group of wisemen, elders in the community, business leaders and others trying to figure out the way forward. the bottom line, it appears that president hosni mubarak is not going to resign anytime soon. the prime minister has been quoted on state television as saying today that stability is returning to the country and that the government can continue to function now normally or as it has been. so a clear message that the president is not going anywhere anytime soon and we've been hearing that for some time. meanwhile, out in the streets and in the central square, the protests do continue. there is a growing number of protesters who w
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Feb 26, 2011 7:00am EST
word from president obama this morning as the threat of a government shutdown may be fading. at least for now. democrats appear to be embracing a gop plan to immediately cut $4 billion in spending. that's a move that would keep washington running at least until midmarch. >> for the sake of our people and our economy we cannot allow gridlock to prevail. both democratic and republican leaders in the house and senate have said they believe it's important to keep the government running while we work together on a plan to reduce our long-term deficit. >> let's bring in white house correspondent mike viqueira. good morning. the most promising news is democrats seem to be embracing it, they say they favored these cuts all along, so how is this unfolding? >> reporter: it's very p interesting. you remember it was the dead of night, actually 5:00 in the morning, this time last week when republicans palgsed $61 billion of cuts from the budget this year that was supposed to last until october 1st, the end of this fiscal year. democrats in the senate said no way, we're not passing that. then promp
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Feb 26, 2011 9:00am EST
exaggerated. the obama administration has taken their first real concrete steps to punish the libyan government and gadhafi. they have frozen his assets, unilateral sanctions to gadhafi as well as three of his sons and one of his daughters. they have an estimated 300 million to $500 million in control in u.s. banks. >> stephanie, you see those pictures out of tripoli, so disturbing. but then you look at the live shot behind you, day-to-day life seems peaceful. what's going on there? >> well, we're in the eastern part of the country and opposition groups here took control of this area on tuesday. what they are doing right now is trying to get this city back to life. they're trying to open up stores, they're trying to get the streets open. they have a large number of actual teenagers that were fighting with part of the opposition who have become traffic cops because a lot of municipal pro-gadhafi people have fled this country. but they tell us they are keeping a very close eye on what's happening in tripoli and that they are actually trying to mask together a group of about 2,000 fight
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Feb 17, 2011 12:00pm EST
. >>> a new jersey police chief says facebook could be a parent's best friend. >>> and president obama's heading west tonight where he's hoping to make friends with facebook's head honcho. we'll have a live report from the white house, coming up. >>> but first, hot on the web and among the most viewed stories on msnbc.com, an actor from the comedy seinfeld has died. >> uncle leo! >> hello! >> hello! >> hello! >> hello? >> hello. >> len lesser played jerry's uncle leo on "seinfeld." he was 88 years old. >>> here's incredible video of thousands of sharks swimming just 50 yards off florida's coast near boca raton and just look at the boat chasing them. now, at the same time, other part of the world, in australia, police say two great whites killed a diver as his boat captain watched in horror. they're actually planning to have search teams look for the poor guy's remains. >>> doctors having fun with a map of the world's drunkest countries. the world health organization released a sobering report about how much we drink. and gawker is suggesting that you go online and use the map to plan y
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Feb 18, 2011 12:00pm EST
obama weighs in on the battle in wisconsin. some say he overweighed in, overstepped the boundaries here. >>> if bad drivers give you a case of road rage, don't get mad because now there's an app for that. >>> and hot on the web today, we start with a big drug bust at jfk airport in new york. this flight landed from thailand. customs thought the kitty figurines looked a little suspicious. they cracked one open, and inside all of the statues, 205 pounds of raw opium worth about $9 million. i guess the customs officials are wrestlers. >>> a state champion forfeited his march because he didn't want to fight a girl. apparently it's a religious thing. the teenager's pentecostal church forbids men and women from touching in a familiar way so there she is, cassy herkelman, she won that title but was defeated in the quarterfinals. the kid who forfeited, everybody was expecting him to go all the way. >>> hon how it happens, but showers he gets goldfish to swim in sync. this is china but some animal activists say whatever this is is, it's abusive. millions of people came to see the show during the
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Feb 26, 2011 10:00am EST
house is taking aim at libya's bank accounts here in the u.s. president obama issue add executive order freezing the assets of moammar gadhafi saying his government has "violated common decency and must be held accountable." the statement goes on to say "we will stand steadfastly with the people in their demand for universal rights. their human dignity cannot be denied." let's bring in white house correspondent mick viqueira. a shift in tactics from the u.s. what brought this on? >> there were a couple things the administration was waiting for. there was a plane loaded with u.s. citizens that took off yesterday time around 2:00 in the afternoon. 30 minutes after that did the white house press secretary jay carney appear in the press room to announce sanctions that you just outlined there. they've been very careful not to mention gadhafi's name specifically mention his name because they don't want to make this a u.s. versus gadhafi thing and give him that excuse, make the united states the scapegoat and the administration has been very careful about that. all through the course of the we
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Feb 27, 2011 11:00am EST
president obama has done, i think it's very -- very much the right thing to do because he's working with the international community and the united states has gone as far as declaring his regime illegitimate and asking him for stepping down. this together with the united nations security council resolutions and sanctions and calling for a referral of libya to the international court of justice is obviously pressure from without weakening the gadhafi and supporting the forces fighting him inside. >> jacques roumani, middle east analyst. great having you on. we appreciate your time and insight. thank you. >> thank you. >>> now to politics in this country, it's not only the budget to play in wisconsin. the battle between the governor and unions may represent a new political dynamic with huge implications for 2012. nbc news political analyst howard fineman writes in the huffington post, "the underlying strategic wisconsin story is this -- o'governor scott walker, a tea party-tinged republican, is the advance guard of a new gop push to dismantle public sector unions as an electoral force
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Feb 3, 2011 12:00pm EST
, is there an expectation on the part of the egyptian people that president obama, that the united states will take a real stand on the side of the demonstrators? >> i think his last statement was really right. i feel less torn in the last speech. but the thing that i feel now that this is bigger than a diplomat. i think it's about time to send a statesman. remember what happened was haiti in the '90s. >> who do you think? do you think the secretary of state should be sent over to egypt? >> maybe a group like former president george h.w. bush, he's close to president mubarak. colin powell, a former general who can speak as a military person to president mubarak, a military man as well. president clinton with his human touch. i think this could help bridge this ice and try to reach something. with all due respect to frank wisner, this is no more a diplomat's mission. >> mohamed, david fletcher, i appreciate so much the perspective you bring to the table. let me go now to nbc's mike viqueira at the white house. look, this is a real juggling act for president obama, because there's a lot of news coming out o
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Feb 5, 2011 8:00am EST
but not strip him of his presidency right away. and the obama administration is working several diplomatic channels. the state department is not providing any details of that discussion. officials also say talks are under way to prepare for a transition of power. on the heels of that, let's go live to our london bureau with the latest from nbc's kiera simmons. another good saturday morning to you. let's get the latest on this gas explosion. what's the latest you're hearing? >> good morning, alex. the fire appears to be under control. they had to switch off the gas in order to achieve that because it was a huge blaze that witnesses say could be seen for dozens of miles. no one thankfully appears to be injured. the northern area has been a volatile area even before the protests. the pipeline involved crucially supplies gas to israel and jordan. as you said there, an official is saying now that this may have been a gas leak, but the governor of the region has been quoted as saying he suspects sash tosh. there are some unconfirmed reports. israel radio is quoting officials say a small explosiv
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Feb 6, 2011 8:00am EST
to egypt, known as an old egypt hand, someone who is close to mubarak. he was tapped by president obama, was his fellow frank wisner, that sound bite you just saw, to go just a few days ago, last week to sort of whisper in the ear of hosni mubarak. he was president obama's personal emissary. he went there, had two meetings. the second one, we're told, did not go well. there were reports wisner was not even able to get in to see mubarak because mubarak was so angry about the comments that president obama made, the public comments that he made just after a conversation that those two men had had. frank wisner now back in the united states. he was speaking to that security conference in munich where hillary clinton was all over the place. she was having bilaterals with the russians, with europeans, taking a lot of questions on egypt. she seemed to embrace the talk that keir just reported on with vice president suleman and some others in the opposition party, though not necessarily the muslim brotherhood. she also warned of nefarious factions within egypt that sought to derail the reform pr
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Feb 6, 2011 11:00am EST
much. >>> democrats are rallying around the obama administration today as the white house deals with the ongoing uprising in egypt. here's senator john kerry this morning on "meet the press." >> the president has been clear. the secretary of state has been clear that the president wants change, he wants it immediately-e wants it to be meaningful, and he wants it to be orderly. those are the terms that the president set out. >> let's bring in nbc news white house correspondent mike viqueira. good sunday morning to you, mike. >> reporter: good morning, alex. >> i'm going to ask for the latest from washington. how do you read it? >> reporter: the question is how soon is now? when we're talking about president mubarak and his departure after 30 years of guiding that country, leading the regime as president of egypt, the american government, led by president obama of course, has walked right up to publicly calling for him to leave much sooner than those september elections that were previously scheduled in egypt. but the man he appointed to be his personal emissary, to go talk to mub
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Feb 10, 2011 12:00pm EST
to us. we appreciate that. president obama was just asked about egypt and he said we'll have to wait and see what's going on. with me now, nbc's "nightly news" anchor, brian williams, host of "hardball" chris matthews, and former senator, arlen specter, who served five terms in the senate, traveled extensively, and senator, you also know personally hosni mubarak? >> i do. met him back in 1982 and visited him many times in cairo and have seen him many times in washington. >> give me a sense of what might be the catalyst for this move. if he's stepping aside now, though he has promised to stay in power until later on this fall, what might precipitate this move on his part? >> well, i think if he sees now that it is inevitable, he is a very smart, really shrewd, but also very proud, and it's just speculation, but i think there may be some conditions on his stepping down. the big question is who's going to take over? and we would not want to see an unstable situation, we would not want to see, for example, the muslim brotherhood come into too much power, and when you have the reports tha
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Feb 13, 2011 10:00am EST
snowstorms hurt sales at chain stores and by how much. and president obama will present the nation's highest civilian award, the presidential medal of freedom, to the world's greatest investor, warren buffett. >>> egypt took what appeared to be major steps toward the formation of a new democratic government today. the military acted on two key demands by reform leaders, dissolving parliament and calling for the formation of a new constitution. aaron david miller served as an adviser for six secretaries of state and is a public policy fellow at the woodrow wilson international center. aaron, thank you for being here. glad to have your xcexpertise. >> pleasure, alex. >> from what you've heard from the military today, the two major initiatives to dissolve parliament and calling for a new constitution, give us your take on that. >> you know, egypt's entering a long and potentially painful process of political reform. whether this is a revolution or not remains to be seen. but clearly the military is the most important force and factor in egyptian politics. egypt's a pretorian state and it remain
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Feb 13, 2011 11:00am EST
gingrich rounding out the top five. >>> presidenti obama will be unveiling his new budget proposal tomorrow. while republicans welcome spending cuts, they say the new white house plan won't slash enough. >> the president's asked us to increase the debt limit. and yet he's going to present a budget tomorrow that will continue destroying jobs by spending too much, borrowing too much, and taxing too much. >> let's bring in nbc news white house correspondent mike viqueira. good sunday morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, alex. >> we just heard from john boehner there on "meet the press." what are the republicans focusing on right now? >> reporter: well, this is going to be a big battle in the coming days. the bipartisan calm that we saw since late last year when they reached that deal with the president on extending those bush-era tax cuts and then the support largely that the president got during the crisis in egypt, all that is going to evaporate tomorrow. this is going to be -- they're really going to get down to it. and this is the bread and butter of the tea party. some 60 new member
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